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So, the INTERNETS are going ape-shit-ZOMG!-crazy-crazy over Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in the next Superman movie.

My response to the news was and is, "Oh, really?"  (insert yawn here)

Part of me is thinking it's inspired casting.  Actually, most of me is thinking that.  Affleck gets a bad rap for being in some cruddy movies. Gigli comes to mind.  But, I can hear you saying "Because Daredevil" is why he shouldn't be allowed to be in another comic book movie.  In that, you're wrong.

The theatrical cut of Daredevil wasn't so very good.  However, that cut was fraught with compromises and insistence of additions by the Studio.  Such is life.

The Director's Cut of the movie is miles better.  In some respects, it's almost a different movie. It's the only version of the film I own, if that means anything.  The Director's Cut is a prime example of studio meddling and marketing decisions getting in the way of telling a good story.

Affleck is a great actor.  He get's a bad rap for some lousy acting choices (sort of deserved), but he also earned rave reviews for Argo.  So, lighten up!  This is nothing to cause me an existential crisis over...or yourself for that matter.  Because, when you get right down to it, it's just a comic book movie.

Edit:  I gotta admit that the whole NerdSpasms over this have reach such a level of whacky-doo-doo that I find it amusing...


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Aug. 23rd, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of indifferent to the Superman/Batman movie anyway, so the casting choice doesn't really matter to me.

It's rather unfair to blame a bad movie on a single actor, when there are so many factors going into it — director, producers, etc.

I didn't know there was a directors cut of Daredevil. I'll have to see it.
Aug. 23rd, 2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, the Director's Cut is what should be judged, not the Theatrical Cut. There's depth, resonance, plot, action, everything except the stupid shit they put in the theatrical cut.

People like to blame out of habit, as to actually think about the reasons behind something stinking to high heaven, is so much easier.
Aug. 23rd, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
Full disclosure: I am not anticipating seeing Supes/Bats. Not only do I not like Snyder, but I have refused to see MoS because I've been warned of heavy duty 9/11 triggers during the climax. Snyder likes to push, so I'll be passing, regardless of Nolan's involvement.

That said....

You know, years ago, when they announced Tim Burton's Batman, people went nuts over the casting of Michael Keaton. I actually thought it was an inspired choice -- who would look at Michael Keaton and think he's Batman? That's how you keep people from guessing. So I gave it a chance. Wasn't thrilled with the movie, but my only complaint about Keaton was he didn't look very intimidating in the costume. Other than that, he nailed the role.

I am just so used to movies trying stunt casting or shaking things up that, when something unusual happens, my immediate reaction is, "Well, it could have been worse." I mean, I thought for sure George Clooney would nail the part, and between the script and the directing, he was toast.

When I read Affleck got the part, I just went, "...okay." I mean, it's not a bad choice. Maybe not perfect, but it's not like I can think of any alternatives off the top of my head. So I'm inclined to let him try.

No one else is. There are petitions at Change.org about this (yeah, look at all the different petitions there and tell me the most important thing there is Ben Affleck as Batman. Anybody who signs that petition and no others should be taken out in the street and shot). The DJ's on different radio stations were talking about it on my way to work today. The morning news did a feature on it -- not a segment on the Hollywood Minute, a whole feature, with the morning crew looking somber about the news. People at work who don't watch movies without breasts and kung fu are suddenly talking like Rex Reed and opining what kind of performance he will give. Jesus.

The best comment was a Tweet from Richard Dreyfus last night. And I quote: "You read for a part, you feel real good about it, and they give it to Ben Affleck." Fuh-NEE! (That's not sarcasm, that was my actual reaction.)

I actually liked the Daredevil movie theatrical cut (never saw the director cut). I think the problem was that the movie was a product of its time. Superhero movies were still trying to punch through to mainstream acceptance. Compare Daredevil to any Nolanverse or Marvel movie, and the feel and plot progression are radically different. It's sort of like watching Perry Mason -- keep in mind things were different then, and you might actually enjoy it (my chief complaint was Michael Clarke Duncan overacted as Kingpin, but other than that, it was a perfectly acceptable popcorn movie to me).

Electra, on the other hand....

Edited at 2013-08-23 11:21 pm (UTC)
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